Update: Sep 27, 2021 9:55 AM STI
Vienna [Austria]September 27 (ANI / Sputnik): The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says its inspectors did not have access to surveillance cameras at the Iranian centrifuge assembly plant in Karaj, despite a agreement between the IAEA and Iran on the authorization of inspectors to carry out equipment surveillance.
According to an IAEA statement obtained by Sputnik on Sunday, inspectors had access to “all necessary locations” last week, except for the Karaj facility.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi stressed that the denial of access to inspectors violates the September 12 agreement.
Grossi traveled to Tehran to hold negotiations with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Mohammad Eslami, earlier this month. After the talks, the parties issued a joint statement, in which they expressed their willingness to continue cooperation and agreed to authorize the IAEA to replace memory cards in the surveillance system of sensitive nuclear sites in the country.
In 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or the Iranian nuclear deal) with the P5 + 1 group of countries (US, China, France, Russia, UK – plus l ‘Germany) and the European Union. He demanded that Iran cut its nuclear program and severely degrade its uranium reserves in return for sanctions relief, including lifting the arms embargo five years after the deal was adopted. In 2018, the United States abandoned its conciliatory stance on Iran, pulling out of the JCPOA and implementing harsh policies against Tehran, prompting Iran to largely abandon its obligations under the ‘OK.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian have said they are ready to resume negotiations on the nuclear deal in Vienna as soon as possible, after meeting on the sidelines of the AGNU.
Last Tuesday, US President Joe Biden said Washington was ready to return to respecting the JCPOA if Tehran agreed to do the same. (ANI / Sputnik)